Headstrong is all about building partnerships - of young people seeking to make their voices heard, of service providers coming together to better enhance young people's mental health, of local communities striving to make life better for their sons and daughters, neighbours, relatives and friends. And some of our most vital partnerships are with the individuals, organisations and foundations who provide the financial support that enables us to make a real, tangible difference in young people's lives.
Despite the economic climate, we saw a huge increase in the number of individua supporters in 2011 - in particular those who undertook various fundraising challenges and events for us. This is critical to our future, as we move toward the greater sustainability of a broad base of individual supporters.
We are especially delighted to see so many young people getting involved in raising funds and awareness for Headstrong. Some of the year's events included:
- Trinity students hosting a Headstrong Day on campus
- Malin to Mizen Head five day cycle
- Aviva Charity of the Day for the Ireland vs Argentina rugby game
- Women's Mini Marathon
- Dublin City Marathon
- an independent climb of Mount Kilimanjaro by an intrepid supporter
We know how hard it is to support a charitable organisation when money is tight and stability is elusive, and we are enormously grateful to those of you who helped to make 2011 our most successful year ever.
We are also absolutely dependent on your generousity, and in order for Headstrong to survive, grow and thrive in the future we need your help. We need to strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones with people like you - people who share our vision of an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health.